SERVING QUEENSLAND FOR 35 YEARS
QUEENSLAND police officers have been acknowledged for their dedication to protecting and serving our communities with the Bundaberg Police Patrol Group hosting an awards ceremony last week.
Sergeant Geoff Fay, Officer in Charge of Childers Police received a Queensland Police Service Medal clasp for 35 years of service.
He started his career in 1981 and was posted to Woolloongabba after he was sworn in.
Sergeant Fay said the memorable events are generally those that leave an indelible impression on your mind, and have immense impact on the community you are working in at the time.
“I was one of the first officers winched down from an army Black Hawk helicopter onto Mt Emerald following the crash of a Cessna Citation aircraft resulting in the deaths of the pilot and 10 local government councillors.
“I was the Officer in Charge of Childers at the time of the Childers backpacker fire on 23 June 2000 which killed 15 backpackers.
“I can honestly say I wouldn’t be anything else but a police officer, I have had the opportunity to work at many locations across Queensland and be involved in rural communities.
“Policing is a great career, challenging at times but very rewarding knowing everything that we do makes our community a better place to live and work,” he said.
He was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) for management of and support for the community following the tragic circumstances surrounding the Childers Palace backpacker hostel fire.
Not to be overshadowed by her leading hand, Senior Constable Sharon Morgan also received the National Police Service Medal on the day for 15-years in service.
The national police service medal is awarded in recognition of ethical and diligent service of police officers serving in communities across Australia, officers require 15 years of service to qualifying for the medal.
Sergeant Fay has been Officer in Charge of the Childers station since 1998, over the years he had been supported by the great team of staff and volunteers and most importantly by the community of Childers and the Isis region.
LONG STANDING: Senior Constable Sharon Morgan and Sergeant Geoff Faye – officer in charge of Childers Police.
POLICE AWARDS: Superintendent Mark Stiles presents Sergeant Geoff Fay with his QPSM 35-Year Clasp.